Neophilologus

, Volume 92, Issue 3, pp 517–522

Old English Verbs of Tasting with Accusative/Genitive/Of-Phrase

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    • Faculty of LettersChiba University
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DOI: 10.1007/s11061-007-9098-0

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Ogura, M. Neophilologus (2008) 92: 517. doi:10.1007/s11061-007-9098-0
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Abstract

Old English verbs of tasting like beorgan, drincan and etan may take the accusative, the genitive or the of-phrase. The number of occurrences of these verbs with the genitive or the of-phrase is not so large, but we notice the fact that Latin ex-/de-phrases could be rendered by the of-phrase and that both the genitive and of-phrase were used in a partitive sense. In this short paper I try to show that the Old English genitive object was in the process of being replaced by the of-phrase even in a limited context.

Keywords

Old EnglishVerbs of tastingGenitive, Of-phrase
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